For those who are still communicating with words rather than emojis or memes, this Mental Floss article borrows from Lifehacker and provides some tips regarding the use of the subjective ‘who’ or the objective ‘whom’ in sentences. The article starts out by observing that the words are not interchangeable: In casual messages with friends or …

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This Mental Floss article links to an article on Slate about how to pluralise surnames, and then refers to some other posts that deal with how to add apostrophes in order to indicate possessive case for surnames. Plural and possessive, they’ve got that covered too. Just in time for the end of year and Christmas …

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For a change this list of words being added to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary in 2018 not only contains words I know, but even a few that I’m surprised aren’t already there. Some abbreviations: guac, fave. Some tech words: force quit, predictive. Some geek words: adorbs, TL;DR. And more. Read the list at Mental Floss.

It’s always fun to keep up with collective nouns for groups of different animals. This article from Mental Floss has some I’d not heard of. A walk of snails (or an escargatoire) A coterie of prairie dogs. A bale of turtles. A wisdom of wombats. Among others. Some sound made up, but the ones I …

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